Candidate’s Unacceptable Record on Civil Rights Remains
“Under questioning in the Judiciary Committee, Judge Brown demonstrated again her lack of regard for the basic legal principles that protect our civil rights and liberties. She stood by past statements and rulings that show her to be far out of the mainstream of American legal thought. In her dissents on the California Supreme Court, she has injected her ultra-conservative views into cases involving the rights of consumers, workers and victims of discrimination,” said Ralph G. Neas, President of People For the American Way.
PFAW congratulates the courageous senators who held fast in their opposition to this nominee in the face of enormous pressure from the White House, Senator Trent Lott, Representative Chip Pickering and their right-wing allies. These senators are heroes who are willing to stand up for the Constitution.
At her October 22 confirmation hearing, Senators probed troubling aspects of judicial nominee Janice Rogers Brown’s record and judicial philosophy, including her belief that the New Deal ushered in a “socialist revolution” in the United States. Meanwhile, the list of organizations opposing her confirmation continues to grow.
In her speeches and writings, particularly since her appointment to the California Supreme Court, Brown has revealed an extremely conservative, anti-government political philosophy. Far from remaining theoretical or extolling purely personal views, Brown has incorporated them directly into her judicial philosophy and opinions, even when contrary to settled precedent and legal principles protecting constitutional and civil rights.